The ABC should practice a little "gracious restraint" of his own

Café contributor the Rev. Dr. Frederick Quinn has written a letter in response to Rowan Williams' Pentecost Letter:

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Why don't we reach out to Roman Catholics?

Last week, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Phoenix made the sort of morally outrageous decision that we've come to expect from the celibate male hierarchs who govern that battered church.

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Serving a local Hmong crowd, translators serve the world

Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minn., is home to a congregation of Hmong - by now, second-generation American Hmong, who fled Communist takeover of the Kingdom of Laos in 1975.

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'All together now': Sunday mornings and the collective mindset

Over at Episcopal Life Online, Mary Jane Wilkie of the Church of the Holy Apostles, New York City, proposes a possible vision for the future of Sunday School, when dwindling supplies of money and people may force churches to push their resources together.

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Assorted links

1. "When an Empire and its exponents can no longer exercise control by might, an option is to feint, double-talk, and manipulate." - Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, in response to the ABC's Pentecost letter.

2. Murdoch loses faith in Belief.net. But Mark Silk has faith in Belief.net.

3. “When was the last time you had sex?” all candidates for the seminary are asked. (The preferred answer: not for three years or more.)

4. Africa was set up to fail the Millennium Development Goals. Boring, but important if you care.

ACC's General Synod considers sexuality -- again

June 3 to 11, 2010 delegates gather for the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod. Once again they are considering the topic of sexuality. Janet Marshall, chair of General Synod’s Faith, Worship, and Ministry Committee, sets up the discussion with a piece covering what's happened since GS2007, and the plans for GS2010. An extract:

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Support the Instruments: shop Anglican

This just out from ACNS:

The Anglican Communion Office (ACO) has today launched its online shop where visitors can buy books, CDs and other products that support and reflect the work of the Instruments of Communion.

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Challenging year for seminaries

Mary Frances Schjonberg has filed an in-depth article at ENS on the financial and curriculum challenges facing church-related seminaries. The set up:

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Church leaders respond to the situation in Gaza Strip

In a letter to President Obama, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori "expresses deep concern for the circumstances surrounding Israeli forces’ interception of a flotilla of ships bound for the Gaza Strip earlier this week." Other church leaders have issued statements including The Rt. Rev. John Chane, Bishop of the Diocese of Washington, and the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

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A Pastoral Letter to The Episcopal Church from the Presiding Bishop

UPDATED: Corrected copy from ENS
A pastoral letter to The Episcopal Church

A pastoral letter to The Episcopal Church

Pentecost continues!

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Will our children have empathy?

University of Michigan researchers say empathy among U.S. college students is at a 30 year low.

"We found the biggest drop in empathy after the year 2000," said Sara Konrath, a researcher at the U-M Institute for Social Research. "College kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait."

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Reuters reports on PB's Pastoral Letter

Reuters offers its analysis of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's Pastoral Letter to the Episcopal Church:

Church rejects Anglican pressure over gay rights
From Reuters.com

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Mpho Tutu on her spiritual journey

10 minutes with … Mpho Tutu
From Religious News Service

Parents of teenagers who have wandered from their family’s religious traditions—or teenagers who have no interest at all in anything religious or spiritual—may be heartened to hear the story Mpho Tutu tells.

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Young Evangelicals, not your grandma's evangelicals

Scholars and religious writers such as Diana Butler Bass, Phyllis Tickle, and Brian McLaren have noted that the tired old stereotypes of liberal, conservative, evangelical, progressive, and traditional seem to be less and less helpful in describing the religious landscape. Time magazine has picked up on the topic and notes the changing ways that young evangelicals are living out their faith.

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Episcopal school saves 387 lives

A Chattanooga Episcopal School, St. Peter's, helps save 387 lives through the "Nets for Life" program:

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Ministry in the eye of the debate

Episcopal News Service describes the ministry of Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, where the city's oldest Hispanic barrio meets the first Anglo suburbs.

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Archbishop Hiltz addresses General Synod

Archbishop Fred J. Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church in Canada, addressed the 2010 General Synod which is meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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More reaction to the Pentecost letters

More reactions to Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori's response to the Pentecost letter by Archbishop Rowan Williams.

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US Catholic bishops and employment discrimination

The Catholic Bishops say they are against employment discrimination. They say that they would like to protect gays from persecution and violence. But they want to continue to discriminate against gays in employment in Catholic institutions because they are opposed to gays acting on their sexuality in any way.

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Integrity and Chicago Consultation like letter

Two more responses to the Presiding Bishops pastoral letter to the Episcopal Church. One from Integrity and one from the Chicago Consultation.

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Al and Tipper and the greatest divorcing cohort ever

They say 1 in 2 marriages will end in divorce. It's not always clear what we mean when we cite divorce rates. A sensible definition is the likelihood of divorce given the date you were married. And by that definition only the decade of the 70s may be the only one to reach the 1 in 2 value. Al and Tipper Gore recently announced they are parting ways -- they were married in 1970, in their early 20s. And health-wise they're young. There's still time to find Mr-or-Ms Right.

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Kentucky elects Dean White

The Diocese of Kentucky has elected The Very Rev. Terry Allen White, Dean of Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City, in the Diocese of West Missouri, as their next bishop. Pending consents from bishops and Standing Committees White will be consecrated at 11 a.m. (EDT) Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010.

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Saturday Collection June 5 2010

This Saturday the news of the diverse ministries of the Episcopal Church in its congregations across the country brings us stories about the founding of a Hospice, congregations providing business incubator support for new "green" businesses, pet ministry, missionary work overseas, and civic redevelopment.

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Falls Church priest says repeal DADT

The Rev. Michael Pipkin, former military chaplain and current priest-in-charge at Falls Church Episcopal on Don't Ask Don't Tell. He takes to task "some military chaplains who say that a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" would somehow infringe upon their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion." -

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Why is 'The Shack' still selling?

The Shack is William P. Young's first novel - a book of theodicy wrapped in a hunt for a serial killer, and subject to much overly florid prose about the Trinity. It is, in many ways, a reflection of the "desperate grasping after grace and wholeness" which Young describes as his own life. In other ways, it refuses clear categorization; it is not straightforward autobiography, and is very much its own animal.

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These eyes won't judge you

To have the fortitude to gaze into someone, in silence, and then to have your gaze returned to you without judgment, soul to soul: this may just be the essence of a healthy ethic of spiritual direction. After all, as we're told in Mark: before Jesus gave advice to the man who had so precisely followed the commandments, yet still yearned for eternal life, it was that "Jesus, looking at him, loved him." And then he spoke.

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Sunday Social Hour

Facebook and Twitter continue to be popular ways of getting the word out about our posts, but a funny correlation seems to exist that those which get the most comments on Facebook tend to be the ones that generate the most comments on the blog itself, and it's not always the ones you might expect.

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Praying too fast? What's your hurry?

Commenters to blogger Anne Jackson's Flowerdust site point to a critical problem chronically dispersed among the faithful (and, we note, its leaders): we pray way too fast.

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Dancing Guy teaches about leadership

A leadership seminar in under three minutes:

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What's a non-believing pastor to do?

A fascinating report titled "Pastors Who Are Not Believers" was released in March. Here is its setup.

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Diocese dedicates new Bishop Walker School

The Diocese of Washington dedicated the new home of the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys last night. Emily Miller of the Georgetown Dish has the story and some very cute pictures:

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Dilemmas for Rowan Williams, and for us

The Anglican Scotist emerges after long silence with an insightful item about the moral dilemmas that the current Anglican controversies present to Rowan Williams and to the Episcopal Church. A snippet:

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The disinvitations arrive

From the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion:

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McDonald's "Come as you are" ad

A McDonald's ad featuring a gay teenager, running on French television, has generated a few spates in this country. What do you make of it?

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Talking points

These talking points from the Episcopal Church's Office of Public Affairs have been in the works for a few weeks. They are the latest in a series of releases on church governance and other issues, and might have gone quietly into that good night had the Archbishop of Canterbury not provided a news peg. Click Read more to have a look.

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A Catholic bishop who got it right

From Northern Kentucky comes the story of Bishop Roger Foys, who has won praise for his compassionate handling of sexual abuse claims filed against his diocese:

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The incredible shrinking Archbishop of Canterbury

In excluding members of the Episcopal Church from Anglican bodies engaged in ecumenical dialog Rowan Williams was no doubt trying to send a message to... well, someone or other.

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Vatican likes health care reform bill, US bishops don't

Mark Silk notes that the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are at odds about the merits of health care reform legislation in the United States.

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Disinvitations raise constitutional questions

On whose authority can members of committees in the Anglican Communion be told to stand down -- in particular, members of committees in the area of ecumenical affairs? The constitution of the Anglican Consultative Council says that ecumenical affairs are within the ACC's realm of powers. What is murky is the basis for the authority to appoint persons to ecumenical commissions and the like. Is there a written procedure and how was it adopted; if so, what does it say about telling persons to stand down? Is there precedent for disinvitation?

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Working on our comment problems

Folks, due to an FTP problem, some of you have been having problems signing on to leave comments in the last 20 hours or so. Sorry for the incovenience. We're working on it.

Rounding up the news and blogs

Stories, comments and blogs across the Anglican world in the wake of the letter from Secretary General Kenneth Kearon on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury. Many seem to ask the question - how did the ABC decide he could unilaterally dis-invite members of The Episcopal Church (TEC) from ecumenical commissions? The Lead's answer is here.

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Decision making in crises

Alban Institute discusses how churches handle sensitive information using a case study as an example of how things can go wrong without prior planning:

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PB: ABC's actions misrepresent Anglican Communion

Episcopal Life Online reports:

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has described the decision by Lambeth Palace to remove Episcopalians serving on international ecumenical dialogues as "unfortunate ... It misrepresents who the Anglican Communion is."

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Bishop Senyonjo invited to White House

Press Release from Integrity USA

WASHINGTON DC: Bishop Christopher Senyojo--a courageous spokesperson for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in his native Uganda--is scheduled to visit the White House this evening.

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Assorted links - Church of England edition

UPDATE: Thinking Anglicans has the Presiding Bishop's UK itinerary here. She is currently in the UK after having spoken to the Canadian General Synod yesterday. There are clearly signals being sent to the ABC by these hosts.
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Today's theme: News of or about the Church of England.

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Inclusive Church counsels resistance to exclusion of minority

Open letter to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church 09 June 2010

An open letter to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States

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Are gay exorcisms child abuse?

From Religion Clause: The June issue of Details Magazine reports on exorcism rituals practices by some Pentecostal and Evangelical churches across the country aimed at driving out demons which are deemed by them to be the cause of homosexuality.

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Kearon and Williams letters receive attention, analysis, advice

Thinking Anglicans has a fresh and thorough twothree-part roundup of reactions to the Kearon and Williams letters asking Americans to stand down from ecumenical committees of the communion.

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Nigerian primate splits with ACNA opponents of women's ordination

The new primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria has cracked open the door for the ordination of women.

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Letter from the annals of self justification

The Civil War naval blockade of the South cut that part of the Church off from its missions in Africa and China. In an 1862 pastoral letter from bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate states to the laity and clergy of those states the bishops this effect of the blockade, and turned to what message God might be sending about where their evangelistic mission ought to be.

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Center for American Progress hosts Robinson and Senyonjo

Bishops Gene Robinson of New Hampshire and Christopher Senyonjo of Uganda spoke yesterday in Washington at the Center for American Progress. The event included remarks by Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

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Jesus with a halo in utero?

Just when you thought the religious news could not get any stranger:

Baby Jesus billboard star
Anti-abortion groups in the U.K. celebrate an ad featuring a haloed fetus
From Salon.com

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Diocese of Virginia prevails in court

The Virginia Supreme Court unanimously ruled this morning in favor of the Diocese of Virginia in the property dispute between the diocese and CANA. In its ruling the court reversed and remanded the case.

The case had centered on CANA's use of a Virginia law hastily passed in the interregnum between the defeat of the Confederacy and the imposition of Reconstruction. The case now returns to the lower court. If CANA persues its claims the trial would likely center around the same issues as in other "Neutral Principles" states. The Episcopal Church has routinely won such cases.

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Thabo Makgoba and Katharine Jefferts Schori address the USPG conference

Thinking Anglicans pointed us to two important pieces from the USPG conference. Thabo Makgoba addressed Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, and also offered criticism for the "cross border visitations" that others have been engaged in since the Windsor Report was issued:

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Is this Covenant reasonable and necessary?

The Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Most Rev David Chillingworth, wants his Church to come up with a way to discuss the Anglican Covenant over the next year or two.

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Tutu helps kick off the World Cup

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wowed a crowd of 50,000 crowd at a musical celebration in Soweto ahead of the kick-off in the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa.

Ekklesia reports:

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On governance and human dignity
in church versus state

Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury addressed the new Parliament in St Margaret’s, Westminster, emphasizing the dignity of all persons. In the meantime, the fall out from his Pentecost letter continues.

He told the MPs:

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PB at the Scottish Episcopal Church synod

Raspberry Rabbit has an audio of Katharine Jefferts Schori's address to the synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Listen to it here.

Prayer in prison

The Rev. Petero A. N. Sabune reflects on the rhythm of prayer while serving as chaplain to Sing Sing Prison:

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Brazil rallies around American and Canadian churches

From the General Secretary of Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil comes this good news:

In our Provincial Synod, we heard from the mouth of our Archbishop Mauricio that in the heart of God hasn`t place for boundaries. Our delegates approved unanimously a motion of solidarity with brothers and sisters from TEC and Canada and a letter to the Communion will be issued about punitive actions gone to Provinces who have been looking to welcome all the persons without barriers and prejudices.

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Grave concerns over ABC Pentecost letter

Inclusive Church has written the Archbishop of Canterbury expressing grave concerns about the contents of the Pentecost letter and the actions taken by the Secretary-General Kenneth Kearon:

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Saturday Collection June 12, 2010

Good news of Episcopal Churches supporting their communities through ministry:

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To baptize or not to baptize

Two stories on whether or not to baptize one's children appeared this week.

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Pew does analysis of media coverage of Pope

Bad company:

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Episcopalians prominent in Huffington Post religion section

Thanks in some measure to the good work of the Church's Office for Communications, in some measure to relationships with progressive think tanks and in some measure to the talent of some of its members, the Episcopal Church has enjoyed a certain prominence in the recently-launched religion section of the popular Huffington Post Web site.

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Two weddings, a divorce and Glee

Frank Rich writes in today's New York Times:

June is America’s month for weddings, and were we so inclined, we could bemoan [Rush] Limbaugh, an idol to the family-values crowd, for marrying [for the fourth time] a woman barely half his age. Alternatively, we could lament Al and Tipper Gore’s divorce, which has produced so many cries of shock you’d think they were the toy bride and groom atop a wedding cake rather than actual flesh-and-blood people capable of free will.

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PB preaches at Southwark Cathedral London

As part of her five day visit to the UK the Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori presided and preached at Southwark Cathedral this morning. She spoke about the forgiven woman who showed up at Simon's house and caused scandal by expressing her unbounded love for Jesus. (The readings for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 6) are the lessons appointed for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost.)

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Sunday Social Hour

We are approaching 3,200 fans on Facebook! Overwhelming. Thank you one and all!

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Farewell to the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral

David Simmons at Aiya Iluvatar notes some of the unnoticed implications of Archbishop Rowan Williams recent exercise in authoritarianism:

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It's formal: CANA is a diocese of the Church of Nigeria

newsflash_2.jpgHas the Church of Nigeria formally engaged in boundary crossing? The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council do not know.

On their respective websites the Church of Nigeria and CANA openly confess that the Church of Nigeria is formally in violation of the boundary crossing moratorium.

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Female bishops in England: Moving forward through compromise

WATCH, the leading women's organization in the Church of England has issued the following statement, which we bring to you via Thinking Anglicans:

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CDC: Teens headed in the right direction

It goes without saying that making the transition to adulthood isn't easy, and we seem to have inborn tendencies to be self destructive. That doesn't mean that every new generation is worse than the last. The Centers for Disease Control recent issued a report, "Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- United States, 2009", which shows lots of bright signs in terms to trends in teen behavior. You just have to slog through the bad news of levels of risky behavior first.

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Is Batman an Episcopalian?

Adherents.com fills you in on the religious preference of your favorite comic book hero.

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Rowan to Katharine: don't wear your mitre in England

From Hugh Muir's Diary in The Guardian:

Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the US church and the first woman ever to lead an Anglican province, preached at Southwark Cathedral last weekend despite muted hisses of disapproval by conservative evangelicals. But close observers would have seen there was something missing: no mitre on her head. Who could be responsible?

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Beyond filling slots: Planning worship

The Alban Institute's focus this week is worship planning and going beyond the linear 'who does what when' model to a more expansive and spacious planning process.

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The Presiding Bishop in Scotland and England - more

New additions to the Presiding Bishop's visit to Scotland and England from Thinking Anglicans:

Scottish Episcopal Church General Synod
... the following videos are now online.

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PB at Middle East Prayer Breakfast

From ENS the speech of the Presiding Bishop at the Congressional Prayer Breakfast for Peace in the MIddle East:

“We are urgently committed to helping to build a society of peace with justice.”

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Kearon to meet with Executive Council?

Canon Kenneth Kearon will attend the meeting of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church that begins tonight near Baltimore, the Café has learned. Kearon recently emailed Episcopalians who participated in ecumenical dialogs on behalf of the Anglican Communion that their services were no longer required. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, proposed removing Episcopalians from these groups because the church will not observe the moratorium he has requested, on the consecration of openly gay and lesbian Christians as bishops.

PB calls for Justice, Dignity and Equality for immigrants

From ENS - the Presiding Bishop speaks on Immigration today in Washington, DC

[June 15, 2010] “The Episcopal Church seeks justice, dignity, and equality in these matters, and we will partner with any and all who share those values and priorities,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC on June 15.

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Denominations: they have
Barbara Boxer hair

Mark Silk's cogent comment on Why Conservative Churches are Shrinking

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Where to find houses of hospitality

When the unplanned becomes the plan:

When Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin launched the publication in 1933, they were creating a newspaper, not a community. The “Catholic Worker” would be a riff off the communist newspaper “Daily Worker,” drawing on the Catholic social teaching from which Day and Maurin drew such hope.

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Church confirms Kearon's visit

As reported yesterday by The Lead, Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council, will meet with the Executive Council of General Convention.

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Ecclesial temper is Caiaphas rather than Christ

jdd commenting on the story that the Archbishop of Canterbury gave the Presiding Bishop permission to preach and preside at Southwark Cathedral on the condition that she not cover her hair.

A quote from Williams’ one-time teacher seems apropos (a Scottish Episcopalian, no less):

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No-fault divorce benefits women

New York just became the last state to adopt no-fault divorce, or, as Betsey Stephenson and Justin Wolfers prefer to call it, unilateral divorce. The pair have done extensive research in the area:

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PB calls ABC treatment "bizarre, beyond bizarre"

ENS confirms the report that the Archbishop of Canterbury told the presiding bishop not to wear a mitre when she served as president of a service this past Sunday at Southwark Cathedral London:

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Tutu

Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu gives the LOCOG inaugural diversity and inclusion address.

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Griswold wore mitre at Southwark

Ordinarily it would not be news that in 2006 the Most Rev. Frank Griswold, then presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church USA wore his mitre at Southwark Cathedral. But these are not ordinary times.

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Lambeth Palace investigating #mitregate

Ruth Gledhill has this report on #mitregate quoting her The Times article:

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Diana Butler Bass covers #mitregate

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, forbade his ecclesiastical equal, Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church ("Presiding Bishop" is the American and democratic term for "Archbishop") to wear her mitre while preaching in an English cathedral. In addition, Lambeth Palace ran the ecclesiastical equivalent to a background check on Presiding Bishop Schori--just to make sure she was rightly and duly ordained.

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Bishop Harris recovering

Prayers for Bishop Barbara Harris as she recovers from a minor stroke:

Bishop Barbara Harris recuperates after stroke
From the Diocese of Massachusetts Website

After a fall two weeks ago, Bishop Barbara C. Harris spent a weekend in the hospital, where evaluation determined that she had had a stroke. She is mobile and now recuperating at a rehabilitation facility. She is reported to be gaining strength each day and hopes to return home soon.

In the meantime, good wishes and words of encouragement may be sent to her in care of the Office of the Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, 138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111.

Corrected: Standing Commission considers funding for ecumenical relationships

Correction 6/19/2010: Sarah Dylan Breuer corrects the record in the comments below here and here. Extracts:

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Churches helping shelter animals

Flourish Online, in a series about churches being part of the community, suggests helping the local animal shelter through adoption and other assistance:

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WPost asks: Do animals have rights?

On Faith blog at the Washington Post asks the question: "Do animals have rights?" What say you, dear Episcopal Café readers? What is the human responsibility for animals? What rights to animals have? What are the roots of our tradition that inform this area of thought and ethical practice?

Do animals have rights?

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ACNA's Minns in UK to preach

Bishop Martyn Minns, missionary bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America in the Anglican Church in North America, will be preaching at St Mary's Church, Portreath, near Penzance in the Diocese of Truro after the 0945 morning service on Sunday June 20th. Bishop Minns was formerly rector of Truro Church, Fairfax, Virginia, outside Washington DC which was named after Truro Parish (now the Diocese of Truro) in Cornwall.

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Executive Council quizzes Secretary General

Social media coverage is flowing in from the meeting of the Council with Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, who recently wrote letters to the Episcopal Church on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury .

ENS's Schjonberg and others are tweeting to #TECouncil

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No #mitregate for woman bishop at Southwark in 2002

Mark Harris has received this message from the Rt. Rev. Ann Tottenham Area Bishop of the Credit Valley Diocese of Toronto :

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Colin Slee speaks out on #mitregate

Ruth Gledhill:

Read on for what Dean Colin Slee [of Southwark Cathedral] told The Times today.
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'I can say that female bishops have preached relatively recently in both Salisbury and Gloucester Dioceses and worn their mitres with the respective permission of the Diocesans.'

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ENS report on Kearon - Executive Council session

ENS:

The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, told the Episcopal Church's Executive Council June 18 that when Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop Suffragan Mary Glasspool was ordained as the church's second openly gay, partnered bishop, the church ought to have known that it would face sanctions.

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Gay Jennings and Ian Douglas elected to ACC

Executive Council finished its meeting today and has issued a report detailing what happened, and what decisions were made.

It writes of the meeting with Canon Kearon today that:

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Ecumenical dialogs at the point of collapse? Really?

In the ENS report earlier today on the meeting between the Executive Council and Canon Kearon of the Anglican Communion Office, it was reported that Canon Kearon explained part of the reason for the removal of Episcopalians from Anglican Communion ecumenical dialog participation because:

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Moravian's vote moves toward full communion

The Northern Province of the Moravian Church, which represents the northern half of the full body of Moravians in the United States voted last night to approve the full communion agreement that the Episcopal Church approved last summer in Anaheim.

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If we are to be an international church, then why not go Roman?

Lucas Mix, a college chaplain at the University of Arizona, raises a very good question on his blog. It seems that the Anglican Communion is in the midst of deciding for itself if it is to be an international body or a family of national autocephalous churches. The arc of the actions that were initiated with the Virginia Report back in 1997 and leading through to Windsor compliance commission of today would seem to indicate that we are moving in the international direction.

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Saturday Collection June 19, 2010

If there's a theme this week to our Saturday collection of parish news, it's one of prayer in response to violence. While most of the Anglican and Episcopal Church news this week was focused on the Presiding Bishop's visit to England and the events of the Executive Council meeting, the parish news seemed to detail the ways that people of faith are choosing to respond to violence in their communities.

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"Disappointment": Maggi Dawn reports on reactions to "Mitregate"

Maggi Dawn is a Cambridge based theologian, scholar, College fellow and author. She's the author of a widely read blog in the U.K. She's posted a synopsis of the events of this past week following the news of the experience of the Presiding Bishop during her visit to Southwark Cathedral.

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Mpho Tutu: Why I am proud of my father

Mpho Tutu, writing in The Huffington Post, tells why she is proud of her father, Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu:

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Sunday Social Hour

With #mitregate having already been covered in these spaces, it's interesting to reflect on the impact social media has in allowing people to share how they feel about developments in the wider church. But one post to our wall on Facebook shows another side of the story:

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Weddings for a fee?

Should ministers be paid for wedding ceremonies? What if these services are for nonmembers? Is this "charging for the sacraments"? What about the time offered to the couple in question above and beyond other duties? Where should the church draw the line, or the fee, on this question? The Sacramento Bee online has merely scratched the surface on a topic in need of some discussion:

Clergy pay for wedding -- or is it a gift? -- a sensitive topic

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Emergent church meets New Mystics

Dave T. Brown at Emergent Village Weblog discusses "Where the Edges Meet: What Emergents Can Learn from the New Mystics.

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Comedy Central's JC

This Reuters article provides a synopsis of a controversy brewing over an animated program about Jesus that may or may not air on Comedy Central:

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More fun with mitres

Vision 2019, in which Canadian children offer the Archbishop of Canterbury and his staff free instruction in the art of getting over themselves.

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Choose your own bishop: Williams, Sentamu tell anti-female forces

Updated: Thinking Anglicans rounds up the media reports.

Thinking Anglicans has the story about a joint amendment proposed this morning to legislation permitting women to become bishops in the Church of England. The Church of England's General Synod meets July 9-13.The archbishops released a statement that is excerpted below.

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Enter the Cafe's ad writing contest

The Cafe is about to dab its toe into the waters of online advertising. The newsbloggers are chipping in a few bucks a piece to pay for a small initiative on Facebook. And we'd like your help. Not in paying for the ad, but in writing it. We need something punchy and catchy, no more than 135 characters. Shorter is probably better. Make your submissions in the comments of the item, or, if you don't want to audition publicly, send your submission to our feedback address. The contest will be judged by the highly imperious news team, and its decision is final.

End gay marriage, or we'll end up with more people like these two

From the wedding announcements in The New York Times comes further evidence that tolerating gay relationships is inviting all sorts of undesireables into the Episcopal Church. Next thing you know, the church will be filled with people trying to help those who are less fortunate than they are. And then where would we be?

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Church of Nigeria: a model of unity

The Episcopal Church, as readers of this blog know is a veritable cesspit. Whereas the Church of Nigeria is a model of unity and mature Christian discipleship, as well as being a beacon to the Anglican Communion.

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Co-jurisdiction: Pluralist speaks, Damian smokes, Andrew laughs

Reactions are rolling in on the last minute intervention by the ABC and the ABY into the well-laid plans of the Church of England General Synod to approve women bishops. The two archbishops call their plan co-jurisdiction. There's broad agreement that it's arm twisting, it's hypocritical, it's naive, and it's absurd.

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+El Camino Real and +Gloucester: background on #MitreGate

Bishop Mary Gray-Reeves of El Camino Real, USA, Bishop Gerard Mpango of Western Tanganyika and Bishop Michael Perham of Gloucester, England recently met in Gloucester as part of their ongoing mission and ministry sharing between the three dioceses.

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ABC and ABY proposal on women bishops: not flying

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Three Legged Stool reports Ruth Gledhill's article in The Times in which she says that their proposal to placate those opposed to women bishops has gone down in flames.

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The Vision to Embrace Change

Alban Institute addresses the need to acquire vision in order to move into necessary change. Vision involves seeing both the past and the future:

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Changing my religion? Social media and church

USAToday reflects on the effect of social media on religious communities:

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Renewal on the Pine Ridge

The Rapid City Journal reports on the 9 churches closed by the Diocese of South Dakota and the revival of worshipping congregations under the direction of Bishop Tarrant and The Rev Bob Two Bulls:

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House of Commons members speak on women bishops

The Second Church Estates Commissioner, Tony Baldry, was asked about women bishops yesterday in the House of Commons.

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Anglican and Old Catholic bishops question ACO

The Anglican and Old Catholic Bishops in Europe meet annually for consultation, prayer and fellowship. They gathered recently, and the ABC's sanctions of The Episcopal Church were discussed. The Rt. Rev. David Hamid, Church of England lead bishop for pastoral oversight of the archdeaconries of Gibraltar, France, and Germany and Northern Europe, reports,

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CANA requests rehearing of Virginia Supreme Court decision

CANA has submitted a Notice of Intent to Apply for a Rehearing before the Supreme Court of Virginia in its property dispute with the Diocese of Virginia. CANA now has 21 days to file a brief arguing the grounds for their request. The court had ruled that CANA is not a branch of the Episcopal Church but rather took CANA's claim that it was a branch of the Church of Nigeria at face value. That was the point over which CANA lost the case.

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Lambeth Palace on "the issue of vesture" AKA #mitregate

In the latest episode of Southwark, Lambeth Palace refers to #mitregate as "the issue of vesture". At least LP didn't choose the words "wardrobe malfunction."

An American Episcopalian received the response below to his email concerning his "disappointment ... in the manner in which our Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, was treated during her recent visit to Southwark Cathedral." (We have omitted the correspondent's name.)

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PB appoints ecumenical and inter-religious relations officer

The Episcopal Church
Office of Public Affairs

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ferguson named Episcopal Church Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations Officer

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ABC/ABY show how
not to do evangelism

On the very week to the Church of England issues a major report on evangelism (forward by the ABC and ABY), the ABC and ABY announced their cunning scheme to appease traditionalists within the church by putting women bishops in a second tier. Maggi Dawn is no longer willing to defend the two men:

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Curate takes on English archbishops in open letter

The Rev. Lindsay Southern, a female curate in the Church of England, has taken on the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in an open letter critical of their most recent intervention in the debate over female bishops in their Church. Thinking Anglicans has the text, but here are some highlights:

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Haiti missionary's service to diocese ends as recovery transitions

In a move justified as matching personnel to the current stage of recovery, "the Rev. Lauren Stanley, the Episcopal Church-appointed missionary who has been Bishop Jean Zaché Duracin's liaison in the United States, is no longer to be involved in those efforts."

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Help plant an orchard in Central City, New Orleans

Holly Heine and the folks at Jericho Road, a neighborhood-based nonprofit homebuilder that provides families with healthy and energy-efficient affordable housing opportunities in Central City, New Orleans needs our help. Just by voting in an online initiative sponsored by Edy's Fruit Bars, we can help them win a free fruit orchard for their neighborhood.

Here is what you need to do--every day:

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PB gives steady, expansive interview in Raleigh

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was her usual steady self in an interview with David Crabtree of WRAL TV, himself an Episcopalian. The interview touched on the ecological devastation of the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of the still-spreading BP oil spill, earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti; relationships in the Anglican Communion, and "mitregate", which she said was not painful, but was "silly."

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Lionel Deimel: Has Rowan Williams done us a favor?

Lionel Deimel wonders whether the Archbishop of Canterbury has done our church a favor by kicking Episcopalians off of Anglican ecumenical bodies:

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Clergy search: thou shall not google?

The internet and search engines have changed the possibilities for spreading rumors at the same time they opens up the possibility of finding information relevant to clergy search committees. Carol Howard Merritt, author of "Tribal Church" (Alban), offers some thoughts:

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Police raid headquarters of Roman Catholic Church in Belgium

From the BBC:

Belgian authorities have raided the headquarters of the Belgian Catholic Church during an investigation into child sex abuse claims.

A spokesman for the Brussels prosecutors' office confirmed that the palace of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels had been sealed off.

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The Archbishop's "Hail Mary"

In American football, a desperate long forward pass when the clock is running out is called a "Hail Mary." The Church Times doesn't use that language, of course, but in a lead editorial they call the Archbishop's proposal to have traditionalist parishes have their own bishops while still under the jurisdiction of women bishops a last minute plan "to save the day."

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PB visits Australia and New Zealand

Episcopal News Service reports that Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will be visiting the Anglican churches in Australia and New Zealand over the next two weeks.

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Jane Shaw named Dean of Grace Cathedral

Breaking From the Grace, San Francisco website:

The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of California, and the Grace Cathedral Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of the Rev. Canon Dr. Jane Alison Shaw as the cathedral’s next dean.

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The spritual significance of pride

June is Pride Month for millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people across the country, when thousands of people commemorate the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village sparking the modern gay pride movement.

The Rev. Dr. Patrick Cheng says pride runs two ways. It is a sin when we build ourselves into an obstacle to our relationship to God through puffery and exaggeration. Pride, he reminds us, works the other way when it becomes self-hatred and toxic shame. The festivities this month can function as a useful corrective.

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PBS features LA restorative justice ministry

Episcopal News Service tells the story of the Rev. Dennis Gibbs and his work as a jail chaplain at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles,

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Brand loyalty and your church

Ron Sellers writes in The Clergy Journal about the "brand loyalty" problem facing mainline churches:

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English bishops want quick action on Anglican Covenant

Thinking Anglicans has the story.

The Church of England's House of Bishops is attempting to move the Anglican Covenant to ratification by February 2012, which is about as quickly as their system permits. The House of Bishops "Summary of Decisions," released in advance of the Church's General Synod which convenes next month, contains the following:

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Reminders: of orchards and ad copy

Don't forget, Episcopal Cafe is asking for your help in writing a Facebook ad, and we are also trying to help the folks at Jericho Road bring a fruit orchard to Central City, New Orleans. The first task requires some creativity, but the second just involves clicking on your mouse. And, hey, you're doing that anyway.

Milestone

According to our Webalizer 2.0 statistics, Episcopal Cafe has received more than 2 million visits in the last 12 months. That's a first for us. Visits are up by more than 17 percent over the previous year. Thanks to everybody who visits, and everybody who comes back, especially that 27 percent of the audience who have visited the site more than 200 times.

"Christian character" added to Glee cast

USAToday wonders if the new so called "Christian character" added to the popular TV show, Glee, will assume that no one else in the cast is religious or perpetuate the stereotypical anti-gay Christian?

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Assorted links

1.Pastors, watch your downspouts.

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Praying with the office chaplain

From The Wall Street Journal:

A growing number of companies are offering the services of chaplains in the workplace. Managers say many employees who wouldn't think of calling a therapist or an employee-assistance program will willingly turn to a chaplain.

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Sunday Social Hour

We are still taking submissions for copy for a Facebook ad for the Cafe. Stop by the post here and weigh in with your 135 word blurb to entice the masses to join our page! (Helpful note: I was inspired to do this by the UCC ad we mentioned in last week's social hour post.)

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Wright's appointment to teaching position sparks giving protest

The appointment of anti-gay bishop N.T. Wright to a post on a divinity school faculty has drawn ire from alumni, the Scotsman reports.

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Conscience over big coal: Wendell Berry says no to his alma mater

Has the work of the university, over the last generation, increased or decreased literacy and knowledge of the classics? Has it increased or decreased the general understanding of the sciences? Has it increased or decreased pollution and soil erosion? Has it increased or decreased the ability and the willingness of public servants to tell the truth? Such questions are not, of course, precisely answerable.

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Fifty years on, her theological influence remains

Religion Dispatches notes it's been 50 years since Time carried reference to Valerie Saiving Goldstein's groundbreaking piece "The Human Situation: A Feminine View."

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Episcopalians and the 'e-word'

We're not sure who the Rushings are (or their dog, for that matter), but would they maybe want to come to church? Or ...

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Church blogs give 'the why behind the what'

Alban Institute columnist Lynne M. Babb says for clergy and congregations, blogs fill a niche:

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'In my cathedral you can wear your mitre' -- NZ bishop to PB

As mentioned here late last week, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is spending a fortnight visiting Anglican churches in Australia and New Zealand. Her first Sunday looks to have been a fruitful one.

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Reformed Church hangs on with ELCA

At its mid-June General Synod, the Reformed Church in America expressed "concern" over recent actions by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America to start the process of saying yes to persons in "life-long, monogamous, same gender relationships" as to their fitness for ordained ministry.

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Episcopalians in Haiti working for transformation

Over the weekend, Shenandoah Valley-based newsleader.com threw the spotlight on several ways in which the Episcopal Church is functioning in Haiti, with an emphasis on what might be considered a few of the positives.

Take some time to click through these stories.

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Appeals court issues opinion in Ft. Worth case

From the communications office of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, word of this development, with emphasis added by me:

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Iran's Bishop Marshall walks away from Standing Committee

Following the example set by his primate The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Hanna Anis, Bishop Azad Marshall of the Diocese of Iran has walked away from the Anglican Communion's Standing Committee, the Church of England Newspaper reports.

In joining Anis in his walkout, Marshall also stands now on the sidelines with Uganda's Henry Orombi, who's all but resigned at this point.

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An early-church look at Peter and Paul

Ancient images of saints Peter and Paul - perhaps some of the oldest - were shown last week to reporters in Rome after they were found with lasers capable of burning off years of grime.

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Church of Nigeria, Episcopal Church sing out of same hymnbook

As reported in The Church of England Newspaper, the Church of Nigeria and The Episcopal Church are singing the same tune when it comes to who owns church property in the Anglican Communion:

People may leave, but congregations may not quit the Church of Nigeria, bishop says: The Church of England Newspaper, June 25, 2010 p 8.

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Why Belgium raided Roman Catholic offices

The New York Times is reporting on why the police raided Roman Catholic institutions this past week:

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Task force on same sex blessings announced

From the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs:

The Episcopal Church Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) is addressing its duties to collect and develop theological and liturgical resources for same-sex blessings, as charged in General Convention Resolution C056, through three main task forces and by establishing communication tools to solicit responses from the wider Episcopal Church.

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Southern Baptists call for accountability in Gulf oil spill

NPR reports: The Southern Baptists have called for governmental and corporate accountability to protect the environment and prevent future crises like the one in the Gulf of Mexico:

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Uganda set to pass more anti-gay laws?

Vanity Fair reports that although the section of the bill to punish gays and lesbians with the death penalty has been changed, an amended version will end health and sexualiy programs and make it illegal for gays to exist.

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Diocese of New York at Pride

Becky Garrison, writing at Killing the Buddha, posts news of the Episcopal Diocese of New York at NYC Pride:

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SCOTUS: gays and lesbians are a protected class

[Our second commenter scores a significant point of caution.]

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a public law school can deny recognition to a student group that excludes gays and lesbians, in this case the Christian Legal Society. The Court said the University of California's Hastings College of Law could enforce a policy requiring official student organizations to accept all students who want to join.

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Kearon "delighted" as Mexico adopts Anglican Covenant

ACNS

Mexico has become the first Communion Province to adopt the Anglican Communion Covenant following its VI General Synod in Mexico City on 11 and 12 June.

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Covenant is a homophobic power grab

In a hyperlink-studded documentation of the "tawdry" history behind the Covenant, the Guardian's Savitri Hensman concludes,

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Presiding bishop welcomed as equal

In the upside down world of the Anglican Communion, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church in the United States, was welcomed as an equal by the Primate of [All] Australia, the Most Rev. Dr. Philip Aspinall. Ordinarily that would go without saying, but Aspinall chose to say it.

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ABC speaks at #methconf on covenant, and women

Rowan Williams spoke before the Methodist Conference in Portsmouth, England where he spoke on the subject of covenant and mutual recognition between the Church of England and the Methodist Church. He was cautious in his remarks according to this report from Christian Today (UK):

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Thurgood Marshall unlikely to be confirmed

Except that the senators began their statements by paying tribute to their late colleague Robert Byrd, you might have been forgiven for thinking that it was Thurgood Marshall seeking confirmation to the Senate Court, and not his former law clerk Elena Kagan.

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Haitian social fabric fraying

Tyler Cowen does a roundup of bad news you may have missed coming out of Haiti:

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